Behind the Smile, the story of Lek, a bargirl in Pattaya

The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya
'Daddy's Hobby'

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'Behind The Smile'

~ The Story of Lek, a Thai Bar Girl in Pattaya, Thailand ~

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If you have read 'Behind The Smile' and would like to leave an unsolicited testimonial below, please send it to me and I will publish it whether it is favourable or not.

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Owen Jones

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May The Machine Be With You has reviewed "Behind The Smile"

I do not know bar girls in Pattaya, so this is only about what I read as fiction. Lek "drifts" into the sex industry, but it is glossed over for the part about being a cashier in a bar. It wouldn't seem the sex industry was so easy to get out of, and all of that is secondary to the budding love story. The love story has strong points and would be full of conflict. Good luck!
Dear Mr. Jones,

Since you're soliciting comments, I will send my "honest" opinion of your book, which I read quite attentively.

First of all, I congratulate you on your treatment of this delicate subject. It is objective yet you present sympathetic characters. I was most interested in the private lives of these bar girls.
I visited Pattaya a couple of years ago and was quite shocked at the plight of these desperate women. Their courage in such a demanding and dangerous line of work is admirable. I have a great deal of sympathy for them and I appreciated learning about Lek's personal story.

In all honesty, I purchased your book because I am also a writer, and I've begun working on a romantic story about a young Thai masseuse on the island of Koh Samui, based on a true experience that I witnessed personally. I wanted to read other works on a similar subject. So I appreciate the time and effort it takes to write such a book.

I assume you self-published. This is something I will probably have to do. I recently completed a non-fiction work, and after 6 months of searching, have still not found an editor. (too academic for mainstream publishers and I don't have the adequate "standing" for academic publishers). The market for romantic fiction must be quite saturated as well. Actually, it doesn't discourage me, since for me, writing is a passion not a profession.

I wish you the best of luck with your book, and bravo for your marketing skills.

Catherine Monnet
Hi Owen,
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your book.and I am looking forward to reading An Exiting Future. I have been going to Thailand for the last 12 years and will off again for 3 weeks tomorrow to the north, Bung Kan. I love the characters in the book and I can see them all in your story. Now they will be in my thoughts, as most of ex bar girls and Thai people in general are. I too have met my Thai princess and my dream is to do a Craig and that's to live my life and be happy in the Land of Smiles.
Many thanks once again and please keep writing ... Barry Biddiss.
24th. May, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars LIke Thailand? Read this 23 Mar 2013
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I am a big fan of books on Thailand - particularly what some would describe as the darker side. The Thai bar scene is much talked about and generally misunderstood. Many books seem to be written based on a single visit and dwell on the old cliche of sex pervert meets scheming hooker. It is all so much more complicated than that - and this book will give you a rally good insight. Owen Jones knows Thailand and he understands the interaction between the players in Thai bars very well.
It's authentic, poignant and very entertaining.



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